The new home of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive officially “bottomed out” in November, making way for the new home of BAM/PFA to rise along Oxford between Center and Addison Streets in downtown Berkeley, California.
Originally slated to be demolished, a retooled approach to the museum required portions of the landmark New Deal-era UC Press Building – where the signatory copies of the United Nations Charter were printed in 1945 – to remain in place.
Degenkolb Engineers was tasked with developing the structural engineering approach to maintain the building and perimeter walls in place during construction and excavation. To preserve parts of the historic building, including the exterior walls, the project had strict requirements for minimal movement, seismic safety, and differential soil surcharge. Degenkolb and Plant Construction, along with Condon Johnson Associates, developed a streamlined approach to temporarily ‘float’ the Admin block.